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Friday, July 09, 2010

Sia - We Are Born


Sia Furler
’s fifth studio album sees her continuing the steady move away from the blissed-out space ballads she has become renowned for ever since her Zero 7 days. In fact, more so than ever, We Are Born sees her instead grabbing upbeat electro-pop by the scruff of the neck. In its creation, she has enlisted the help of some experienced hit-makers, including Dan Carey, who has worked with the likes of Franz Ferdinand and La Roux. Meanwhile, Greg Kurstin, who has sprinkled his magic over the songs of Lily Allen and Ke$ha, was the producer.

We Are Born heralds its intentions from the get go. After a Roisin Murphy-esque opener, the next three tracks positively bounce their way out of the speakers. Clap Your Hands has such infectious effervescence that it’s pretty hard not to be carried along with its euphoria, and Stop Trying combines a perky bass-line with the kind of life-affirming lyrics that are all over this record. “We like you,” Sia beams. “This is a game already won.”

Her cover of Madonna’s Oh Father is great, and Be Good To Me really shows off her powerful vocal. While pensive moments like these offer a pace change, for the most part, the Adelaide-born singer is in an irrepressible mood. Probably her best solo record to date, the slickly produced and downright fun We Are Born is the sound of Sia really letting loose. Stand-out track, the disco-pop You’ve Changed, sums up the vivacity of the album as a whole. On it, Sia sings, “You’ve changed/For the better.” Indeed.

Review by Rob Townsend.